The Calgary Flames had a hectic 2021-22 season from a cap management perspective, moving a lot of players in and out on short-term recalls and placing Sean Monahan on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) after the trade deadline to maximize their cap flexibility. But after that hectic season, we’ve confirmed two key cap facts: the Flames saw no players earning performance bonuses in 2021-22, and they will have no bonus overages carrying over as cap penalties into the 2022-23 season.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, only two types of contracts can have performance bonuses as part of their structure: entry-level deals (ELCs for short) and deals that a player signed following their 35th birthday (35+ deals for short).
The Flames only had three players on ELCs spend any time on their roster in 2021-22: Walker Duehr, Adam Ruzicka and Dustin Wolf.
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  • Duehr played in one NHL game, but his deal doesn’t contain any performance bonuses.
  • Ruzicka dressed for 28 NHL games this season and his deal contained a games-played bonus, but we’ve confirmed that he failed to meet the threshold to convert that bonus this season.
  • Wolf dressed for two NHL games as a backup netminder and his deal contained bonuses, but since he didn’t play any minutes he’s not credited with any games played. (We’re not sure about the nature of his bonuses, but we’ve been told he didn’t convert them.)
The Flames had one player on a 35+ deal on their roster in 2021-22: Brad Richardson. But Richardson’s deal contains no bonuses.
Per PuckPedia, the Flames’ final cap spending for the 2021-22 season was $81,683,758. They exceeded the salary cap by approximately $183,758, but they were permitted to do so because the overspend came while Monahan was on the LTIR – they were overspending due to replacing Monahan on their active roster. As a result, the Flames will face no penalties for overspending and will have the full $82.5 million of cap space available to spend during the upcoming 2022-23 season.
For full cap breakdowns all season long, check out PuckPedia.

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